Songwriting

Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

6 SONGWRITING MEMOS for the Current Millennium

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continuing Music Theory

Intermediate

Monday with Catherine Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Things are gonna get real interesting soon.

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Beginner

Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Charles Kim, Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Beginning Music Theory

Beginner

Saturday with Catherine Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

A New Approach to Songwriting: Python

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Bryan Albert

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Your Creative Process: 7 Questions

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriter's Circle ONLINE with Daniel Connolly

WorkshopOpen to All

Friday with Daniel Connolly

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $12 ($10 members)

Give and get feedback on original music.

Emcee Skool: Hip Hop Lyricism and Performance

Open to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Home Recording Studio for Singer-Songwriters

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Mekons History: A Conversation with Jon Langford, Sally Timms & Greg Kot

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Singer-Songwriter 4 Weeks to Fabulous

Intermediate

Thursday with Julia Storke

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

You can do it! on your mark…get ready…set

Songwriting Games

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriting is Magic: The Rhett Miller Lyrics Workshop

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $50 ($45 members)

Songwriting: The Great Songs

Intermediate

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Writing Songs for Children

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

Sunday with Joel Frankel

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 03/01/2021 – 04/25/2021

Monday 01/25/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/08/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/10/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/24/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Sue Demel »
Songwriting, Voice

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele, Mandolin

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele